Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship Reflection

This scholarship played an important role in allowing for me to become fully engaged in my studies and the culture of Costa Rica while abroad. This was an amazing opportunity that played an important role in my growth as a student and as a person. Without this scholarship, I would not have been able to…

Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship Reflection

To start, receiving this scholarship for my trip to Costa Rica not only helped me financially, but allowed to really engage myself in my studies while abroad (without having to worry about any financial aspects). Traveling somewhere new directly after my first year of college was an incredible opportunity, one in which I feel was…

Plus3 Scholarship Reflection

I am incredibly grateful for receiving the Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship for the Plus3 program and it has been an immense help with affording the opportunity to visit Costa Rica. Without the funds awarded to me, I would not have had the chance to experience this beautiful country in the same way. With less financial…

Thomas Angelo Honors Scholarship

While abroad I was able to learn a lot of about the coffee industry and the Costa Rican economy. On this trip, we took many cite visits of coffee plantations, mills, and roasters. Through this we were able to learn exactly how the coffee industry works. We learned each step of the supply chain of…

The Finale

Over the past two weeks, I have learned more about coffee and Costa Rica than I thought was possible. The impact that the coffee industry has had on the Tico culture is amazing because the industry has shaped the way Costa Rica is today. Even though coffee is no longer the main industry for the…

Leaving the Pure Life…for now

Over the past two weeks I have become an expert on the coffee industry in Costa Rica, and the environmental, social, and economically sustainable practices they use to efficiently run each company. Before we arrived in Costa Rica, I was somewhat aware of the commitment Costa Rica has to the environment. However, I did not…

Managing my Feelings about the Trip being Over

The first step in the supply chain is the supplier’s supplier, and in the case of coffee, coffee farms. An example of this is Doka Estates. At this plantation, the coffee beans are grown, sorted, pealed, dried, and stored. At this company, management must make decisions concerning both their employees and the pickers, who are…

Departing Costa Rica :(((

As I prepare to leave Costa Rica and end my first study abroad experience, I look back to reflect on what I have learned, specifically about the specifics of coffee production.  As you might imagine, as someone who came to this trip not knowing the difference between a dark and medium roast, I have learned…

A Bean’s Movement

We visited several different coffee farms during our trip to Costa Rica. Different coffee plantations use several techniques to ensure high quality of the bean and maximum yield. For example, some companies will allow two trees to grow side by side to save space. I learned that coffee plants are first planted in a pot…

Final Sale

First in the coffee supply chain is the coffee farms. Coffee farms grow the coffee cherries. The cherries are harvested when red. From there, the coffee cherries are sold to a coffee mill to be processed and dried. The higher the quality of the cherries, the better the price the farm will be able to…

How Coffee is Made: From A to B(ean)

Coffee is one of my favorite drinks, but I’ve never put much thought into how it gets into my cup or favorite Starbucks drink every morning. This trip has completely opened my eyes to the wonderful world of coffee production and I don’t think I’ve ever learned more about a type of beverage in my…

Final Days

The coffee farms in Costa Rica require a lot of coordination between the farmers and the coffee pickers. The farmers must coordinate where and when the coffee pickers are staying at the farm and what benefits the pickers will be receiving. Also the farmers must assure that the coffee cherries are properly transported from tree…

One Last Time

I’m not crying, you’re crying. In all seriousness, my 2 weeks here in Costa Rica have been nothing short of amazing. Aside from learning something new about the Tico culture every day, I was able to study the management side of the coffee supply chain. My group and I focused on aspects like hierarchy, employment,…

¡Adiós, Costa Rica!

     Over these past two weeks we have learned about every step, process, and aspect in coffee growing, milling, roasting, selling, and buying. Costa Rican culture, industry, and environment all play an enormous role in the coffee industry. In my case, I focused heavily upon how each aspect of the coffee industry in Costa…

How It’s Made: Coffee Edition

During my two weeks here in Costa Rica, I have learned a great deal about the supply chain of coffee, particularly in the perspective of how coffee is made. As the coffee bean moves from the coffee plant to your cup, it goes through coffee farms, mills, roasters, stores, and finally you. It all starts…

Sustaining Costa Rican Coffee

Throughout this trip, I have learned a lot about sustainability in the Costa Rican coffee industry. Perhaps the most interesting application of sustainable practices was those used on some coffee farms, especially on Life Monteverde. After causing massive deforestation during their prime industrialization period, the agricultural industry in Costa Rica on the whole has made…

Farewell, Pura Vida

The past two week have taught me more than I could imagine about the coffee industry. I never would have guessed how many stages were included in coffee production and how they all came together, especially from a selling standpoint. The first step to analyze in the coffee making process is coffee farms. Coffee farms…

Sourcing Coffee

Coffee farms probably have the most sourcing related issues relative to any other member of the coffee supply chain.  The farm owner/operator is responsible for sourcing the coffee plants, the labor to harvest the coffee cherries, the packaging to store them during transport (if any) and the means to transport them.  In my experience here…

What We’ve Learned About the Costa Rican Coffee Supply Chain

Throughout our two weeks in Costa Rica I have learned a plethora of information regarding the coffee supply chain. But while on most of our trips I paid special attention the management of each of the parts of the supply chain since management was my groups focus. While at coffee farms, the first step in…

Costa Rica: It’s Bean Good

I will never look at a cup of coffee the same way after these last two weeks. I think that I have gained a deeper understanding of the hard work and expertise that goes into each individual cup. Something that really surprised me was how sustainable the coffee farming process is. It is a zero…